Drumkeeper

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Drumkeepers are a common name for those in some native ceremonies who have been passed a traditional sacred drum, or instructed in how to make one and use one. These can include water drums, hand drums, and larger drums used during ceremonies such as pow wows, sundances and sweatlodges. Often in Anishinaabe ceremonies, the water drum is passed along from one generation to the next, and only a few elders keep these drums, and only they use them for important ceremonies.